What I Eat…Diet INFO!

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photo-8OMG you guys. So so many of you are DYING to know what the heck I’ve been eating these last 2 1/2 months to allow me to lose weight, gain muscle and STILL blog about crazy recipes {see here, here or here}.

Well truth is, I’m really good at photoshop and this has been one big hoax.

HAHAHAHAHA…..NOT.

I’m actually horrible with Photoshop.

Seriously though, starting out I was at a healthy weight, but that didn’t mean I was actually healthy. I felt tired, bloated and just BLAH. My body was somewhat back to normal after having my second baby, but it was toooootally different than after having my first. My body was just….different. I don’t know how else to put it. I felt like I had lost a lot more muscle the second time around and it was obvious in my jelly belly.

I decided to contact a trainer because I felt like I needed to be accountable to someone other than myself. Best. Decision. Ever. It’s like a boot camp instructor, counselor, friend and bad cop all wrapped into one. Intimidating at first? VERY. But worth it 🙂 He got me up and going and I haven’t stopped since January. #healthy2014

Turk has been totally helicopter parenting the heck out of my diet because you lose weight in the kitchen and gain muscle in the gym.

Doesn’t that totally suck? I LOVE FOOD. I was in total denial the first month or so because I was bitter I had to give up everything I was accustomed to: dessert every night, carbs 24/7, snitching cookie dough, etc.. I didn’t realize how addicted and reliant my body was to sugar.

But after the first month, I got clarity and things started getting 1400% easier. Seriously. From one food lover to another: you can DO THIS TOO. It just takes a little willpower. Willpower should get you through the first rough two weeks, then the results will propel you to stay motivated…at least that’s what worked for me.

So, here are some samples taken right out of my food journal. I write in my food journal every day and every single thing that gets put in my mouth gets written down in that darn book. Then every time I see Turk, he goes through it line by line and grades my overall day {hence the huge letters across every page}. If you stay on point with your diet and get A’s, then you’ll see A results. Cheesy, but it’s true.

Also, something to note: my numbers are changing from month to month and sometimes even week to week. I started out with the goal of 120 g carbs, 150 g protein and 35 g fat. Then they started changing, which is reflected in these food journals. All these numbers total up to 1500-1600 calories.

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Right now, I’m currently eating 170 grams of protein, 70 grams of fat and 70 grams of carbs with no sugar at all plus 2 liters of water. I’m trying to get in 1 hour of cardio everyday too, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I’m also allowed a cheat meal once per week. {Yesterday, you probably saw the doughnuts I ate as part of that cheat meal on instagram 🙂 } These numbers are pretty easy for me to attain because I’m used to logging all my food this way and have been doing it like this for the last 3-ish months. We may end up switching back to higher carb low fat because my body seems to respond better to carbs {umm…no surprise there}.

So, yes. That’s what I eat and that’s what seems to be working, so hooray for results 🙂

And as always–if you’re interested in doing something like this, please consult your doctor or other health professionals before starting.

Other links you might want to read:

My trainer

1 month diet and exercise update

2 month diet and exercise update

Polaroid photo of granola bars

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30 Responses
  1. Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Thanks for sharing this!

    After reading this + your most recent diet/exercise update, I’m glad you have been so forthcoming in sharing your experience bc I think it’s important for people to know that losing weight is A) Not *just* about exercising and B) Not *just* about the number on the scale. You are doing this for the right reasons, and the right way! Kudos and keep up the great work!

  2. Janice

    Good for you! I just lost 20 pounds (after gaining 25 since Halloween, sigh) on a combination of the hcg diet (and ending up in the hospital) and then healthy, real eating on my own and exercise. I have to continue my food battle, since I am a carb addict, and continue to listen to my body, and not listen to my friends that recommended an extreme diet with so called drops that burned off my inner fat cells. I believed it since my best friend lost 50 pounds of baby weight off quickly, and kept it off, as have several other friends. I however, ended up in the hospital this past Saturday on IV infusions of saline solutions for an afternoon. Your diet, and a trainer is the right way to get, and stay healthy.

  3. tchris

    Hi Lauren, thank you for sharing your journey! I’ve been trying to get on the bandwagon too, and I totally relate to the ‘hangry’ feeling. I was wondering, how did you get your numbers for your Bodyfat, Lean Muscle Mass, and Fat Weight?

    Thanks!

  4. Karli

    Thank you for sharing this! I love “A effort gets A results.”

    We’re doing a little something here at work this month and the first step is writing down everything that goes in your mouth. It’s something I’ve done on and off for several years, but I’m hearing from a lot of people that it’s totally eye-opening for them!

    1. Lauren

      I use the kind you get at Costco in the big black bag. Cytosport, I think? It’s whey protein and I get the chocolate kind and mix it with water or almond milk and peanut butter.

  5. Jeannette

    I was just curious if you use the protein powder in shakes exclusively? If so, are you having shakes as meals and the rest of the foods on your list as snacks?

    1. Lauren

      I use the kind you get at Costco in the big black bag. I think it’s Cytosport brand. I get the chocolate kind. When I have a shake, I usually have it with another food, whether it’s for a meal or snack. I don’t exclusively have my shakes as just snacks or just meals. I make one when I need to get more protein into my diet {which is pretty much every day!}

  6. Jeanette

    just a heads up…your brain needs 130g of carbs to function on a daily basis so you might want to reconsider eating more carbs! carbs does not mean sugar!!!

  7. Christina

    Thanks for sharing! It’s helpful to see what others are doing. I notice you don’t eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Is that a part of the eating plan?

    1. Lauren

      No, I can have as many veggies as I want–I don’t always list them because they are carbs I don’t have to count. Fruit needs to be counted as a carb… I don’t like fruit more than bread so that’s why there isn’t a lot of fruit listed. Lol!

  8. Ed M

    I am so impressed by you on so many levels!

    A little about me: over the last few years I’ve lost and kept off 175#! (Started out at 5′ 9 & 350#!). I refuse to call what I do now a “diet”. Instead I eat and live healthy!

    I work out 5-6 times/week and work with a trainer twice/week as part of that

    I’m impressed you can do 170 gr of protein and keep to 1500-1600 calories. That is WILD! I have trouble hitting the 150 goal set by my trainer.

    I also track every bite I eat, but I use a program called My Fitness Pal that I have on my phone, tablet and computer. I also tie it in with a Fitbit my lovely wife gave me last month for my birthday. Automatically transfers my exercise to My Fitness Pal. ( There a lot of journal apps and exercise aps I just like this combination.

    I can also display all my records together for either my trainer or nutritionist to review with me.

    The only downside is that my trainer can’t. “grade” my journal or give a smiley face.

    Keep up the good work!

    Ed

  9. Aggie

    Great post and great work!!! It’s so true about losing weight in kitchen and gaining muscle in gym. I am loving your trainer! I needed to read this 🙂

  10. Tracie

    Curious what cereal you get that is only 13 carbs. Very interesting in finding a good tasty low carb cereal! Thanks!!

  11. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    Wow, Lauren! Look at those guns! I am in the jelly belly boat right now, and I seriously need to do something. I have vowed to lose at least five pounds this month just to get me out of the disgusted with myself place I’m in, but I should do more than count calories to get healthy longterm. I’m really proud of you, and you are inspiring me to do an overhaul too!

    Blogging definitely makes it harder because I need to write at least three recipes each week, and I’m not a healthy recipe blogger. Even if I splurged a few times a week though it would be better than dessert every night and grazing off my kids plates all the time, which is where I am now!

  12. Phi @ www.sweetphi.com

    Awe, I loved this post Lauren! It was so inspiring, and I love that your trainer wrote on your food journal-it cracked me up. Thanks for sharing this, and congrats on those muscles!!

  13. Jamie Thompson

    I’m a recent follower of your fabulous blog and I JUST read this post! Love everything about it! Congratulations on your lifestyle change & committing to being HEALTHIER! Thanks for sharing your journey! Best of luck to you!

  14. Jan

    Hi Lauren! Curious , do
    You count calories? If so how many do
    You eat in a day? And are you limited in the number of carbs you can eat? Thanks!

  15. Jen

    I would love it if you did a post on sample days. I find it hard to get the protein in. I have been told a minimum of 1 gram per pound of my ideal weight. But you are taking in a lot more. Would love to hear how you do it. A day in the life or two would be awesome just as an example. Or a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack posts. I love hearing what protein powder you use. Thanks for your info!

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